The cirl bunting is a charming relative of the yellowhammer that is at the limit of its European range in the UK. In spring, males have a striking black chin, eye stripe and crown and yellow stripes on head and yellow underparts. Female and juveniles look similar to yellowhammers, but have bolder head markings and streaked grey/brown rumps. It is a Schedule 1 species.
What they eat:
Insects and seeds.
- UK breeding:
- More than 1,000 pairs (2016 national survey)
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.